In 2011, The Cooper Institute® and United Way of Metropolitan Dallas joined forces to create the Healthy Zone School Program, to recognize and reward schools for their healthy practices. This program gives schools $7,000 in funding and incentives to engage teachers, students, parents, and the broader community in a joint effort to create a culture of health.

The program is open to elementary, middle and high schools and public, private, and charter schools in our service area. The program currently serves Dallas, Collin, Rockwall, and southern Denton counties. Schools may apply individually but the program is not open to districts.  The Healthy Zone School Program expands to 199 schools this year, impacting over 159,000 local students.

The Healthy Zone School Program draws on data and best practices from the two-year Centers of Excellence pilot project by The Cooper Institute® and 19 schools in the Dallas area. The use of evidence-based knowledge and best practices allows schools to create an environment optimal for promoting lifelong healthy behaviors.